Last weekend’s Strictly Come Dancing Halloween Special on BBC1 featured some extra special guests as six bright and colourful Monster puppets from The Puppet Company took on starring roles in one of the evening’s “spooktacular” routines.
Celebrity TV presenter and CBeebies favourite Dr Ranj danced a lively jive with his professional partner Janette Manrara to the 1960s Halloween favourite Monster Mash, with the Monster puppets singing along whilst sitting on top of a toy box in a child’s bedroom. At the beginning of the fun routine, Janette is also seen cuddling one of the Puppet Company’s new Baby Monster puppets before tucking herself into bed. According to the BBC’s Strictly Press Office, the Halloween episode peaked at 10.8 million viewers and was the most watched show across all channels on Saturday.
Peter Lockey, Director at The Puppet Company, comments “We were thrilled to play a part in Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night and to provide some of our wonderful puppets to the BBC for their Monster Mash set. Despite finding themselves at the bottom of the judge’s leader-board, the public saved Dr Ranj and Janette and we think families voted for them because everyone loved the puppets! Our Monster puppets are ideal for Halloween parties and we hope lots of children will be having some fun with them this week!”
You can watch highlights of the routine and the puppets’ performance at the BBC Strictly Instagram page https://bit.ly/2O9mgog.